David Crosby, founding member of the Byrds and CSN, dead at age 81

David Crosbya founding member of boats Byrd’s and Crosby, Stills & Nashhas died at the age of 81.

A statement from Crosby’s wife confirmed the news.

“It is with great sadness after a long illness that our beloved David (Croz) Crosby has passed away,” the statement read. “He was lovingly surrounded by his wife and soulmate Jan and son Django. Although he is no longer with us, his humanity and kind soul will continue to guide and inspire us. His legacy will continue to live on through his legendary music . Peace , love and harmony to all who knew David and those he touched. We will miss him dearly. At this time we respectfully and kindly ask for privacy as we grieve and try to deal with our profound loss. Thank you for the love and prayers.”

Longtime friend Melissa Etheridge also tweeted about Crosby’s death.

Born in Los Angeles in 1941, Crosby dropped out of college to pursue a career in music. After performing in Chicago and New York City’s Greenwich Village, Crosby returned to LA and joined the Byrds in 1964, which also included Gene Clark, Jim McGuinn (who later changed his name to Roger) and Chris Hillman. The following year they scored their first No. 1 hit with a cover Bob Dylan‘s “Mr. Tambourine Man.” Tensions within the band led to their breakup in 1967.

In 1968, Crosby co-founded Crosby, Stills & Nash Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield and Graham Nash of Hollies. The next year, their debut self-titled album earned them a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. Neil Young joined the group soon after and expanded the band to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. Their second concert together took place at Woodstock festival on Aug. 18, 1969. The band broke up and reunited several times over the years, and Crosby released his first solo album, If only I could remember my namein 1971. Crosby has also appeared on albums by e.g Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Art Garfunkel, Carole King, Elton John and other. In 1997, CSN was admitted to Rock & Roll Hall of Famemaking them the first band to have all of its members inducted into the Hall twice.

In 2022, Crosby told UCR that he would step back from regular touring, citing health issues that made it difficult to play the guitar. “I have tendinitis in both hands,” he said. “I can’t play well enough for my standards on stage. I could probably get away with it and you’d probably like it, but it’s not good enough for me. It’s possible I might do a stint somewhere . We will see .”

Crosby released a total of eight solo albums, the most recent of which, Free of chargearrived in 2021 and featured collaborations with Michael McDonald, Donald Fagen and a number of younger musicians from Crosby’s backing group, the Lighthouse Band.

“The real thing that drives me is the partnerships that I have with these other people now,” he told UCR last year. “It allows me to extend my working life as a writer by probably 10 years. I can write with other people and create good things. That’s a rare thing. I don’t know why people get so stuck [with] it must all be me. Me, me.’ Us is also very funny!”

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